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Ever Hear of Jimmie Monteith?

February 12, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time reading about the men who have received our highest military award, the Medal of Honor.  Army 1LT Jimmie Monteith was one of three men to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on Omaha Beach. After guiding two tanks THROUGH MINEFIELDS ON FOOT as enemy fire rained down on Omaha Beach, he re-crossed the bloody beach to join his men. Under his leadership, L Company of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, flanked the Germans, and punched a desperately-needed hole in their formidable cliffside defenses. A German counter-attack several hours later managed to surround L Company. Monteith crossed open ground to fight with his men, inflicting casualties on enemy forces, but was eventually killed by German fire which hit him from the rear. You can read more about this great American at: MoH 1LT Jimmie Monteith

Quote from Rick Steves

January 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

On podcast #660 of "Travel with Rick Steves," the famous travel author says (10:20 mark):

"The world is filled with love and joy and beautiful people. If you are going to be at odds with the world, you are probably a person that doesn't have a passport and lets commercial news media shape your world view.  Because if you can get out there, you gain an empathy for the other 96% of humanity." 


Camera Predictions for 2022 from PetaPixel

December 24, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This is an interesting article from PetaPixel about what they expect in cameras for 2022.  At some point we are all going mirrorless.  After doing some research, I was disappointed to see the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera actually weighs more than my d800 DSLR. 

Camera Predictions 2022 from PetaPixel


National Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29th

March 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I've had a lot of conversations with Vietnam Vets over the years, but the reality is, I can only try to imagine what it must have been like for them. Their treatment upon returning from war is a scar on our national conscience.  As a Gulf War veteran, I believe the good treatment we have received (including treatment for mental health/PTSD) is attributable to the sacrifice, commitment, and courage of our Vietnam vets. To them, I say, "Thank you."


Quote

February 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I am on a big astronomy reading kick and just started reading “Extraterrestial,” by Professor Avi Loeb of Harvard University.  The book covers the Oamuamua object that flew through our solar system recently.  Fascinating stuff.  Anyway, on page 13 he writes:

“It is commonly thought that life is a collection of the places you visit. But this is an illusion. Life is a collection of events, and these are the results of choices, only some of which are ours to make.”

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